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Br J Psychiatry. 1990 Jun;156:835-41.

Problems reported by relatives in a community study of dementia.

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  • 1University of Cambridge.

Abstract

The supporters of 120 demented elderly people completed rating scales of the frequency and severity of the problems they faced, the amount of strain they experienced and their psychological well-being. Problems and strain increased with the degree of dementia. Problems relating to physical dependency, forgetfulness and inertia were relatively common, while disturbed behaviours were relatively uncommon. Physical dependency and disturbed behaviour were less well tolerated than forgetfulness and inertia, but all problem categories were positively associated with measures of strain. Wives reported more problems and strain than husbands, and co-resident children were under greater strain than children who lived independently.

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